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I met Taylor.

Book now for my free talk about Alfred Swaine Taylor at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library on Friday 23rd November. Tickets are free, and there’s an opportunity to purchase signed copies of my books Fatal Evidence and Poison Panic.

Poison Panic, the true story of arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex, was published in 2016. Fatal Evidence, my biography of leading nineteenth-century forensic scientist Alfred Swaine Taylor was published in 2017 and was recommended in the Guardian’s Best summer books 2018.

I’ve appeared on an episode of Radio 4’s Punt PI and watch out for me in the second series of BBC One’s Murder, Mystery and My Family, airing in March 2019. I have written about strange discoveries in parish registers and local newspapers for Fortean Times, genealogy how-to’s for Family Tree magazine and guest blogs for Findmypast and Historic UK. I give the occasional talk – see photos of “The Back Doors to Death” at Highgate Cemetery, and “Fearful and Wonderful” at LSK auctioneers.

For genealogy and parish register transcriptions, see Essex & Suffolk Surnames. For romantic fiction, see Eleanor Harkstead.